December 2023 Briefs

Happy Holidays from the HERO Team!

Wishing you a happy and healthy holiday season! We look forward to working with you in the new year.


Ariane, Emily, Mary, Tris, Paul, Sara & Karen

HERO Member Hub

Announcing the HERO 2024 online learning series

Starting in January, HERO will make available to all HERO members (and only HERO members) a series of presentation recordings.

While the slides will remain available in the Resource Center, the video recordings are available for a limited time in the HERO Hub.

Here is the full year’s schedule.


The employer-employee social contract is changing. Are you keeping up?

Tami Simon, JD, Segal



Healthy is Hard … Equitable Health is Harder

Tanya Little, Vitality

Jesse Gavin, Baylor College of Medicine



Workplace Wellness Law 101

Barbara J. Zabawa, JD, MPH, Center for Health & Wellness Law, LLC



Workplace Psychosocial Stressors, Mental Health, and Well-being at Work: The Role of Supportive Supervision

Leslie Hammer, PhD, Oregon Institute of Occupational Health Sciences at OHSU; Oregon Health Workforce Center, Portland State University



Driving Health Equity in the Workplace

Eduardo Sanchez, MD, MPH, FAHA



Making it a Movement: Workplace Health and Well-Being as a Key Driver of The ESG Agenda – A Statewide Case Study

Susan Johnson, PhD, Medical University of South Carolina

Jen Wright, MPH, South Carolina Hospital Association

Ethel Bunch, Sustain SC

Wes Carter, Atlantic Packaging


Would other members of your organization be interested in viewing these resources? Remember: member organizations receive an unlimited number of log-ins, so pass it along. Need a log-in? Contact Pat Rohner at

Upcoming Events

The Renaissance Baltimore Harborplace Hotel Baltimore, Maryland

October 7-9, 2024

Enabling and supporting individual and organizational change is fundamental to the creation of healthy organizations and vibrant, sustainable cultures. HERO Forum24 examines whether organizations that actively invest in the currencies of trust and belongingness are earning dividends in their capacity to change and grow. To answer this question, we will explore if, how and when that sense of workplace community has endured or eroded in the new era of hybrid work. We plan to address why there is a growing gap between company leaders’ perceptions of their responsiveness to these issues and reports from employees that businesses could do better by doing good on behalf of under-supported or overlooked workers. In so doing, we are confident that HERO Forum participants will leave well-equipped to serve as agents for changing organizations at the speed of trust. Registration opening March 2024.

HERO Forum24 Call for Presenters is Now Open!

As always at the HERO Forum, our sessions will feature a balance of business leaders, organizational change experts, and health and well-being scientists who all share a passion for creating cultures of health. Our presenters will be challenged to bring time-honored, evidence-informed best practices that have been shown to improve social cohesion. We also invite innovative ideas for how organizations can help surface traits that deepen work relationships such as gratitude, forgiveness, vulnerability, generosity, and community service. In particular, we will be featuring the initiatives, methods, and tools successful organizations are using to create authentic connections.

New for 2024, you can now submit an abstract to speak at the 2024 Healthcare Summit. Follow the submission instructions for Forum24, choosing the Healthcare Summit track.

Click here to view the submission guidelines.

Sumbit Your Abstract

Registration is Now Open for the 2024 Winter Think Tank

Brain Health and the Aging Workforce

A HERO Members-Only Event

February 26-27, 2024

Meharry Medical College, Nashville, TN

8.5 CHES/MCHES Credits Available (attendance at both days required)

Brain health relates to our abilities to contribute productively at work and in our communities. This includes mental health, coping, and resiliency, as well as brain health practices that reduce cognitive decline and prevent neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia. HERO Senior Fellow Paul Terry has designed this Think Tank to explore the role of employers in supporting the lifestyle factors like sleep, diet, stress management, social connections, and physical activity that impact emotional well-being and cognitive functioning. We will review the evidence on the impact of mental health support, cognitive training programs such as memory games and problem-solving tasks, and the role of mindfulness exercises and flexible work arrangements that empower employees to improve self-care of brain health.

Learning Objectives

After attending this Think Tank, participants will be able to:

  1. Explain the demographic shift in the U.S. labor market with the aging Baby Boomer generation and the implications for workplace health and well-being initiatives.
  2. Identify the professional, personal, and societal factors that contribute to delaying retirement among older workers.
  3. Describe case examples of organizations that have improved their organizational effectiveness in adapting to the needs of an aging workforce.
  4. Discuss common forms of ageism experienced by older workers and develop strategies to diminish age discrimination in the workplace.
  5. Evaluate the role of lifestyle factors, including sleep, diet, stress management, social connections, and physical activity, as they affect brain health and cognitive functioning in older employees.
  6. Assess the evidence and effectiveness of mental health support and cognitive training programs for improving the well-being and enhancing the cognitive abilities of aging workers.

Registration and More Info

HERO Learning Series

Thank you for helping us to make the 2023 Learning Series the best yet! We invite you to revisit your favorites in our webinar archive. Webinars are available for 6 months after their original air date. HERO members can watch our entire lineup of webinars in the HERO Hub.

We look forward to announcing the 2024 lineup. In the meantime, here is a peak at what we are working on.


C. Everett Koop Award Winners

January 2024 – Registration Opening Soon!

Meet the 2023 winners of the C. Everett Koop Award! In November, we brought you the honorable mentions; now meet the companies that earned top honors.


DTE Energy: DTE Energy is a Michigan-based energy company with 10,000 team members at 100 locations across 22 states. As a diversified energy company, DTE is involved in the development and management of energy-related businesses and services nationwide.


Idaho National Laboratory: Idaho National Laboratory (INL) is the Department of Energy laboratory for basic and applied nuclear and radiological science research and fuel fabrication.

HERO Recommends

  • McKinsey Health Institute: Reframing employee health: Moving beyond burnout to holistic health. This new survey offers organization-level insights for creating workplaces that prioritize holistic health – physical, mental, social, and spiritual.
  • HERO Forum Proceedings: The Proceedings from Forum23 “Doing Well by Doing Good: How Responsible Organizations are Addressing Societal Challenges” are available for download. As HERO’s Emily Wolfe said in her Forum23 wrap-up, “We ALL have something to learn.”

©2024 Health Enhancement Research Organization ‘HERO’


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